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Novelist John Le Carré Reflects On His Own 'Legacy' Of Spying

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 12:30pm

Le Carré worked for MI5 and MI6 early in his career. "I felt I had to suppress my humanity," he said of those years. His novel A Legacy of Spies came out in 2017. Originally broadcast Sept. 5, 2017.

Sasha Velour: 'Anyone Can, And Must, Do Drag'

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:20am

Sasha Velour, a winner of RuPaul's Drag Race, evangelizes for the art form, and competes against rapper and actor Awkwafina in "This, That or The Other": Drag name, rap name or off-brand soda?

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Awkwafina: 'No Turning Back'

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:20am

Awkwafina, the breakout star of Ocean's 8 and Crazy Rich Asians, reflects on her can't-turn-back moment that led to viral success. Then, she recommends New York City's finest public restrooms.

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Steven Pinker: Can Numbers Show Us That Progress Is Inevitable?

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 9:04am

It might seem like the world is getting worse and worse. But psychologist Steven Pinker says that across the board, data suggests we've made a lot of progress. The question is — will it continue?

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Paul Gilding: How Do We Continue To Grow If The Earth Has Reached Its Limit?

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 9:03am

Environmental activist Paul Gilding says the world has been growing too fast for too long. And now...the Earth is full. The only solution, he says, is to radically change the way we consume.

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Michael Green: What Does GDP Not Tell Us?

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 9:03am

To fully understand progress, economist Michael Green says we must weigh social well-being and wealth. But by using this new measurement, he noticed something striking — the U.S. falls far behind.

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Hanna Rosin: Data Shows Women Have Progressed. But What's Next?

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 9:03am

Post-recession, journalist Hanna Rosin noticed an economic shift: jobs dominated by men were on the decline, jobs dominated by women were on the rise. But does that data signify meaningful progress?

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Tyler Cowen: Do The Numbers Give Us The Full Picture?

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 9:03am

When it comes to global progress, Tyler Cowen says there's much more to the story than numbers can tell. And it's important, he says, to pay attention to the inherent "messiness" of the data.

Ready For A Linguistic Controversy? Say 'Mhmm'

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 5:00am

Mhmm is a small word that's often used unconsciously. But it can actually tell us a lot about language, bias, and the transatlantic slave trade.

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Here's To The Romantic Comedy Pleasures Of 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before'

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 4:00am

The Netflix adaptation of Jenny Han's YA romance is sparkly, sweet and very well-acted by its young leads.

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The Lasting Influence Of Bruce Lee's 'Enter The Dragon' Which Turns 45

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 3:53am

Enter the Dragon premiered 45 years ago this weekend. Bruce Lee was meant to break out as an international star, but instead, he died a month before the movie opened — elevating him to legend status.

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Muddled Action Thriller 'Mile 22' Should Have Pulled Off At Mile 3 Or So

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 4:01pm

Mark Wahlberg plays a CIA operative trying to extricate a mysterious informant (Iko Uwais) from a fictional country in this disjointed film that underuses Uwais and overuses Wahlberg.

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An Aging Rocker, A Fawning Fanboy — And Thou: 'Juliet, Naked'

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 4:01pm

In this beguiling, decidedly un-frothy adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel, Annie (Rose Byrne) exchanges emails with a singer-songwriter (Ethan Hawke) her inattentive boyfriend (Chris O'Dowd) reveres.

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Life — Or Something Like It — During Wartime: The Wrenching 'Memoir Of War'

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 4:00pm

Mélanie Thierry's quietly devastating performance anchors this adaptation of Marguerite Duras' wartime memoir chronicling her life in a perpetual state of uncertainty over her husband's fate.

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When The Wild Rumpus Stops: 'We The Animals'

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 4:00pm

Documentarian Jeremiah Zagar's first feature film adapts Justin Torres' impressionistic autobiographical novel of boyhood; the dreamlike result is "intense, scary and ecstatically lyrical."

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H.P. Lovecraft And The Shadow Over Horror

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 6:00am

Lovecraft's stories are among the foundations of modern horror; they still have the power to terrify today. But his bigotry is just as horrific — so how do we deal with this all-too-human darkness?

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What, No 'Jaws?' Or: See The Movie, Skip The Book

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 6:00am

Readers may notice that some famous titles are missing from this year's final list of 100 favorite horror stories — books like Jaws and The Amityville Horror. That's because, frankly, they stink.

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Click If You Dare: 100 Favorite Horror Stories

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 6:00am

In honor of Frankenstein's 200th birthday, this year's summer reader poll is all about horror — from classics like Mary Shelley's monster to new favorites, we've got something to scare everyone.

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In Matt Groening's Fantasy Series 'Disenchantment,' The Humor Is Elf-Referential

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 4:00am

The Netflix series features lush animation and strong voice work, but its three core characters are so reminiscent of Futurama's central trio they struggle to stand on their own.

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Photographer Tyler Mitchell On Being The First African-American To Shoot A 'Vogue' Cover

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 3:34pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Tyler Mitchell about being the first African-American photographer to shoot the cover for Vogue and what it was like to work with Beyonce.

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